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My Spring Capsule Wishlist

Spring Hello and happy Monday! Or rather, happy spring!

Easter always marks the real start to spring in my opinion. You know when you say, whether it's warm or not, I'm wearing flip flops dammit! Yep, I'm right there with you! Such is the reason I thought today would be the perfect time to fill you in on my spring capsule.

I shared that the transition is the best part of having a capsule - purging and shopping to settle on a smart selection of items has been so fun!

Spring Items I Already Own

Items I already own that will be making it into this capsule:

  • Colorful shorts and skirts! I have a neon pencil skirt (from ages ago) and bright blue one I love, and I recently purchased a pair of orange shorts from Target.
  • Peplums! I have two - a blue sleeveless one from Ann Taylor and colorful pink and black one from New York & Company

To Buy

  • Shoes. Right now I'm eyeing a lot of shoes - the slip-on converse you see above, a pair of birkenstocks (for comfort!) and sandals to wear when I want to be cute, but not too dressy.
  • I also want a colorful blazer and new chambray -- I have a dark soft chambray from Loft but I’m dying for a lighter colored one. Also love this chambray dress.

Wishful Thinking

  • A cute trench coat. I really the relaxed trench from Ann Taylor. It’s pretty expensive so I doubt I’ll actually buy it but I do need a lightweight coat to get me through spring.
  • Birkenstocks. I want a pair so bad, but they're definitely an investment!
  • A colorful purse. I love my black kate spade purse but I want a colorful bag for the spring.Purses can be pricey so I may hold off or just find one off-brand.

The hardest part about this capsule is differentiating spring and summer items and so, I might combine the season and just allow myself a few extra pieces.

Purging is also hard. SO HARD! But it's also the most important part of this process. I plan to a big purge the weekend -- it will be my third, just for this season, and pack-up and giveaway as much as I can, only leaving my very favorite stuff.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? 

Do you pack-up clothes at the end of each season? 

What's your spring must-have item?

Catch-up on my capsule experience: my winter capsule and an update!

Fashion Friday: Zulily

Zulily I haven't posted a Fashion Friday round-up in awhile but lately I have been eyeing the various styles of workout pants offered over on Zulily -- are you a member?

Zulily offers a big selection of discounted name brand items -- everything from women's clothes and shoes to household items and a lot of baby and maternity items as well. Of everything offered on Zulily, the workout clothes are usually what peak my interest.

The way it works is that there are "Events" hosted by Zulily from various name brands. The Events are time-sensitive and don't last forever, which is why sometimes there's a big tug for me to go ahead and purchase something because the Event could be ending soon!

Most of the items in this round-up are from The Bottom Line, but there's often 2 or 3 "events" from fitness retailers at once -- so there's always a lot to chose from. There's always pretty good brands, too -- Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, TOMS, Oakley, and UnderArmor, just to name a few. The latest is from Vera Bradley!

What's your favorite discount shopping website?

Do you shop for workout clothes or anything else online? 

Fashion Friday: Winter Workout Style

FashionFriday_WinerStyle Alright, truth time: I've been struggling to get to the gym this week!

I'm not sure if it's because I started a new job and I'm dealing with a totally new routine (including a horrendous commute) or whether it's the freezing cold keeping me away! Whatever it is, it's time to snap out of it!

Working out is my way of decompressing from the day. It's MY hour. An hour I don't really think, I just do. And when it's up and the endorphins are flowing I always feel so good. So refreshed! Now that I've started a new job I need that more than ever so the excuses have got to go! I was thinking a little fitness fashion might help the nudge! I love H&M workout clothes!! They're super affordable (~$25) and cute! I love these long-sleeve tops; perfect for winter workouts! AND THESE PANTS (also $25). LOVE! This down vest by NorthFace is quite a bit more expensive ($100) but TOTALLY WORTH IT. Hello warmth!

I've been wanting a pair of neutral colored Nanos, too. I love the porcelain! If I snag them they'll be my third pair! I think it's safe to say I'm making strides in improving my workout wardrobe. Woo hoo!

:: SHOP ::

NorthFace Down Vest $99 | Porcelain Reebok Nano 4.0s | H&M Sports Tights |

Seamless Sports Top (Fushia) | Workout bag

How do you stay warm to and from the gym?

Fashion Friday with Fabletics

Truth: I went shopping for Christmas gifts at Target. Spent $115. And walked out with one gift... two pillows, a sweater, and robe for myself. The struggle is REAL y'all! Buying only for others this holiday season!  It sounds so vain, but it's true. I can help but look, right? Anyone else experiencing this?

Another truth: Workout clothes are Target are really, really cute. I spent about 15 minutes browsing the activewear section, but you know what my issue is? Mixing, matching, and deciding what goes together! And what goes with what's already in my closet. It makes all the beautiful clothes suddenly feel very overwhelming!

This is the reason I recently became a member of Fabletics! Have you heard of it? I haven't bought anything yet, but the reviews are great: Lululemon-quality pants at a third of the price; pre-styled outfits (I love that part); and curated looks picked specially for your workout style sent directly to you. Opt to buy one of those outfits or, opt to skip the month. Whatever you do, you won't be spending more than about $50 per outfit. Yep, PER THE ENTIRE OUTFIT! Sounds pretty cool, huh? The clothes are cute, too!

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Supposedly Fabletics has other perks too, through the VIP program; even refer-a-friend cash back. I'm so intrigued! Maybe like the capsule, this is the end of my workout wardrobe woes?

Are you just as hesitant to style your workout wardrobe?

Have you heard of Fabletics?  

PS: I'm really, really into these New Balance Retro Sneakers!! Who would have ever thought these were going to come back in style??

Fit Girl's Gift Guide {Christmas}

CROSSFIT-CHRISTMAS-GUIDE

Speed Tight | Pullover | Fashletics necklace | Journel Menu

Lululemon Urban Sanctuary Bag

I should have probably titled this post the Rich Chick's Christmas, ha!

I'll be lucky if I get a single item from Lululemon - let alone three!

A girl can dream, though, right?

That's what happened when I stumbled on Luluaddict.com last week. (Proceed with caution!)

Serious workout-clothes envy going on!

What about you; are you asking for anything workout-related this Christmas? 

In other news:

Holiday parties are EVERYWHERE. I have one today, one tomorrow and another Thursday. Oh, and I went to one Saturday! Are you inundated with holiday parties, too?

I've been sticking to my pre-planned workout schedule for December pretty closely. Yay! I also picked up this planner for the new year -- I LOVE new planners!

We finally broke the seal Sunday and started Christmas shopping (phew!) - When you pack it all into a single day you realize just how expensive Christmas really is! Sheesh! We still have a few more things to buy, but I'm sure glad we started...

Have you started shopping yet?

What's on your wish list this year? 

What's the best gift you've bought so far? 

My Winter Wardrobe Capsule

Capsule-Wardrobe I've been wanting to share this post with you for DAYS because I'm so, so excited about it.

I'll cut right to the chase: I'm not the best dresser!

I vividly remember putting stickers on a plain manila colored t-shirt in middle school, which I wore with floral tights and sneakers laced with the bright pink laces from my roller blades all because I had a presentation that day. (face palm)

In middle school I still didn't have it together... I remember trying to mimic a popular look: black leggings, timberlands, and slouch socks, but of course I got the wrong kind of Tims (the cheaper, hiking kind), wore regular socks and leggings with the loop around the heel and bulge behind the knee... it wasn't pretty!

Thankfully in High School I became friends with two of the most fashionable girls in my class (you know them as GG). I mimicked what they wore (sometimes unsuccessfully), but I think my style improved, though it's something I still struggle with today.

I've tried various remedies, including even hiring a personal shopper, but that didn't last. It wasn't economical and I found that her additions plus my additions to my already oversized wardrobe wasn't making getting dressed in the morning (i.e. making fashion decisions) any easier.

I've contemplated trying Stitch Fix, a popular styling service--again, thinking having someone else pick my clothes will solve the problem, but I've heard they're a bit pricey and really, deep down, I think I know my style. It's just a matter of uncovering it, right?

Stay with me here.

There was this one time I felt like I really exhibited my true style - during our nine days in Florence, I loved everything I wore. I took a lot of care to pick out my outfits before the trip and since space was a factor (to avoid checking a bag), I had to really narrow it down. But, when I got there, none of that mattered. I remember waking up each morning excited to get dressed and loving every. single. piece. I packed. The color palette was neutral: black, white, and tan, but I played around with lipsticks and beanies to liven up my look.

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Ever since then I've been saying to myself, Pair it down, Sara... Less is more! Yet, still, I continue to buy clothes in an attempt to 'fill the holes' in my closet and several shopping sprees later, I'm just as frustrated.

Well, friends, I think I may have finally found a name for the minimalist approach to style I enjoyed in Florence and a system to achieve it.

THE CAPSULE WARDROBE

The capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to style founded by Caroline of Un-fancy, a daily style blog. The way it works is that you pair down your wardrobe to just 37 pieces (yes - just 37! Shoes included!) for each season. Caroline recommends 37 items because it allows for 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, and 15 tops; 2 dresses and 2 jackets/coats...

I devoured Caroline's blog, intrigued by this idea and downloaded her wardrobe planner. I really enjoyed filling it out and planning my winter wardrobe! Some insights from the planning:

  • Lifestyle: Mostly work (in a cube/office), workout (CrossFit), and lounge/weekend clothes with some semi-dressy social events sprinkled throughout.
  • Word Association: Comfortable, Simple, Preppy and Classic.
  • Brands: Loft, Ann Taylor, J.Crew and Target. I also love Athleta, but never actually shop there.
  • Colors: Black, white, and tan is my favorite combination; or just black and white; with pops of pink, merlot and dark green.
  • Go-to pieces: Tan pumps and tan slim fit work pants; skinny jeans and flat studded ankle booties; black and white victoria's secret sweater and leggings with black and white nike frees.
  • Go-to outfits: I left this is blank - HA! Figures! I'm thinking once I get my capsule established I'll get a better idea of some go-to outfits. I'd love to photograph and hang outfit ideas (with the pieces I own) in my closet (like this).

So, on December 1st I took the time to go through my closet -- I was excited to get started! But let me tell you: this is so much harder than I thought it would be! I had no idea I had so much stuff! I actually started the process on Thanksgiving by giving my little sisters a trash bag full of clothes; then on Monday I filled two more trash bags and a storage bin! The kicker? I'm still not done!!

At this point I think I've narrowed it down to about 50 pieces and that does not include shoes -- crazy, I know! But the thing is,  I'm already seeing the beauty in this! Just looking in my closet, I feel better. White space! I love it!

I'm still shedding and doing a little shopping to get my wardrobe to where I want it to be but I'm pretty excited about this experiment! Here's a little sneak peak at what's included in my winter capsule:

Capsule-Wardrobe

Loft Chambray / Lou & Grey Black Skinnies / Express Essential Shirt / Limited Ankle Pant / Loft Layering Tee (these are so comfortable!)

I also got this peplum jacket, which I'm stoked about!

I teleworked yesterday (telework=pajamas) but on Tuesday I had fun dressing for work. I wore shoes I hadn't wore in forever and accessorized with a scarf and nice necklace; so far, so good! I'll keep you posted on how this goes -- (Did I mention there's no shopping allowed during the season? That should be interesting!)

Does having too many choices overwhelm you, too?

Are you a less-is-more kind of person?  

What's your favorite outfit? Favorite store? 

Do you consider yourself stylish? How would you describe your style? 

(For the record I'm not counting workout clothes toward my capsule! I also just packed up and stored my clothes; I didn't get rid of them!)

#WODSwap with Wine to Weightlifting

Hello and happy Friday! How's your day going? I've been on a roll this morning: hit up a 7am yoga class thanks to ClassPass (I'm loving it so far, FYI) and also completely cleaned up and organized our second bedroom! It feels great to get so much done right thing! I'm off work today, the weekend, and Monday and Tuesday - woohoo! - but I have a long to do list! House stuff. Blog stuff. #firstworldproblems, right? I know!

Anyway, you guys know I love Fashion Fridays and I try to share with you whenever I come across cool CrossFit gear; gear in general, really! And so, with that, I thought those of you who enjoyed those posts might like to know about #WODSwap! Have you heard of it?

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I think this is a genius idea and I'm already signed up to participate!

Jenn over at Wine to Weightlifting came up with #WODSwap. She has an awesome down-to-earth (often comical) CrossFit blog and will be hosting and coordinating monthly #WODSwaps. Here's how it works (from Jenn's original post):

  • Every month, get matched up with another person who loves to WOD (You can WOD at a box, at home, in a globo gym, honestly, don’t even need to be someone who Crossfits!).
  • Jenn will send you your WOD buddy’s email address and you can send them a friendly note, introduce yourself; say where you WOD, what you like to do, share something interesting about yourself. From here, you can chat a bit, find out what your WOD buddy likes/dislikes, get to know each other, and get his or her address.
  • With a budget of $25, send your WOD buddy a package of goodies sometime during the month! (This month's swap begins November 10th so you'd have to send something by the end of November). Send a shirt from your home box, headbands, tank tops, t-shirts, socks, wrist wraps, shorts, tape, grips, or maybe something to aid in recovery. Get creative!!! (Note: Keep the timing in mind if you order anything online!)
  • Send out your package by the 25th of the month.
  • Instagram, tweet, blog, and share your goodie box in the first week of the next month!

What do you guys think? Fun, right? I already have some great ideas for what I'll send my swap buddy and of course, I can't wait to receive something in the mail myself!

A few reasons I love this: 

Snail mail is awesome! Who doesn't love receiving a package?

CrossFit swag, coming your way. Guaranteed! I do a lot of gawking at cute CrossFit clothes: tanks, headbands, wrist wraps, etc., but I never actually buy anything. Since I started CrossFit, the only 'gear' I have are wrist wraps! Hopefully I won't be saying the same after my first swap!

Buying for others is easier. (Or, is it just me?) I know that if I have to buy something for someone else, I hop to it. If I'm buying for myself, I'm on the fence, and usually stay there, not buying anything at all. I'm hoping that buy buying for someone else, I'll buy a little more often for myself, too (the whole, 'one for you... one for me' kinda thing)!

Meeting other CrossFitters is always awesome! Who wouldn't want to meet more people with similar interests? I have a blog... I imagine the people readingWine to Weightlifting might have a blog... that + CrossFit? We already have so much in common!! I can't wait to meet you new #WODSwap buddy!!!

It's a hashtag, so it's gotta be cool. Nuff' said.

Are you interested in participating?

The sign-up for November will be open today through Sunday. Matches will be sent out November 10!

Thanks for coordinating, Jenn!

Do you participate in any swaps?

Do you love getting snail mail?

What's your swag status? 

Fashion Friday: Feyoncé Style

Hey, hey! Happy Friday! I'm headed out of town tonight to attend my sister-in-law's engagement party in Williamsburg tomorrow. She got engaged last Christmas so this party has been a long time coming!

For the event she purchased this off-the-shoulder sweater that says Feyoncé from Etsy -- I die! This is seriously the cutest top, ever and it makes me sad I'm not engaged anymore and have no excuse to wear it!

BridetobeStyleSports Bra | Nike Zoom Fly Sneakers | Feyoncé sweater | Athleta Leggings

Of course, paired with these black and berry nikes, you'll definitely look the part of a fit bride! (And one with great musical taste, too!)

What are your favorite bride tanks and tops? 

Weekend plans?

Shop Instagram with LiketoKnow.it

YScreen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.44.04 PMou guys know I like to do round-ups of workout clothes for Fashion Fridays, and I've shared a little about my own wardrobe woes, wanting to dress better, both in and out of the gym. Well, I recently discovered a cool app that makes shopping a breeze and, I can do it through one of my favorite and frequently used apps, Instagram!

When you sign-up with Liketoknow.it you get the scoop on where to buy items pictured in a post shared by a Liketoknow.it participant!

For example, I could post a photo of my purse, tag Kate Spade, and, if I'm signed up with Liketoknow.it, give you instant access to shop that same purse with just a click of a button! Pretty neat, huh?

You can log into your account on Liketoknow.it to shop all Liketoknow photos, but they've gone a step further and made shopping Instagram even easier by sending you an email with direct links to the items in any Liketoknow.it image you've liked on Instagram that day!

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Like the photo. Get an email. Shop!

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I follow some pretty fashionable ladies on IG and I'm excited to have direct access to their wardrobes, and the items I often look at with envy! I love that there's some budget savvy fashionistas out there, too!

Here are a few of my favorite Liketoknow.it instagrammers:

I love how Instagram is becoming like a mini blog world, with mini posts from 'bloggers' or frequent posters; there's photo styling and a lot of personality and now, it's even involving big brands-- it's a whole new wave of digital marketing! It's kind of amazing how fast and furious the digital world is, huh?

I think anyone can use Liketoknow.it whether you're posting to Instagram or shopping Instagram. I'd probably need to be a little more fashionable to start directing people to shop my posts, but nonetheless, I think this is a pretty neat idea, especially for fashion bloggers.

Have you heard of Liktoknow.it?

Do you follow any fashionable Instagrammers?

Do you ever see Instagram photos you'd like to shop?

Friday Faves: Victoria's Secret Black & White Collection

Hey hey! Happy Friday! A few weeks back I bought a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt from Victoria's Secret. It had been awhile since I shopped there and I completely forgot how much I LOVE their clothes! They have a new black and white collection and I want it all!

Victoria Secret Black & White Collection

I'm especially obsessed with their new leggings -- they're made of a more workout-like material, not cotton like a lot of their other pairs, and they're reversible, which I love! I've been wearing them a lot!

Victoria Secret Black & White Collection

There's several more pieces from this collection on my wish list, so I thought I'd share those with you today!

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1.Collegiate Pant 2. Gym Crew 3. Printed Yoga Legging 4. Nike Free 5.0s 5.Seamless Racerback Bra 6. Seamless Thong

I think another reason I'm totally obsessed with this line is because it all matches the new pair of Nike Frees I got for my birthday in September. I've never had nice sneakers before because I would normally just wear whatever sneakers I had to workout. Now, I have my nanos that I workout in and my Nikes that I wear on the weekend! Hopefully this way each pair will last a little longer, too!

Do you have two pair of sneakers?

What's your favorite clothing line for workout clothes? 

CrossFit Swag

I've been on a blogging frenzy this week, hope you don't mind! :) I've had this round-up ready for awhile and should have shared it by now... this is some serious CrossFit swag, huh? I want these lifters SO bad! I love the colors. I also love this shirt. Um, how many times have you heard this at your box? About a million for me! (And the more I hear and remember it, the better!)  CrossFit Outfit

Shorts (similar) / LifeAsRx tank / Reebok Lifters / Reversible Headband / Purple Wrist Wraps

A few changes around here: posts from my awesome contributors, Cherie and Karlye will now be posted on Friday!! Stay tuned for updates from both of them coming later today! :)

What's on your CrossFit swag wishlist? 

Fashion Friday: WOD Killa

Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a great week! Last night I did the 9/11 hero wod at our box and I have to say, I felt like a WOD killa, which inspired this outfit! I did the same workout last year and have the most vivid memories of it being downright awful! I did 65 lb cleans, hated every second of the pull-ups (with bands!) and nearly died on the final run.

I went into it this year determined to have a better experience and I did! I surprised myself doing the workout Rx - 95 lb cleans and ALL kipping pull-ups!! Don't get me wrong, I did one. at. a. time. but chipping away, I did them!!! Not only that, I had fun!! :)

My birthday is this weekend and I've decided these socks are going to be my present to myself! (They're only $10!!) And, I think I deserve them!

Workout_Outfit

Life as Rx tank top / Colorblocked Workout Shorts / Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0s /

WOD Killa Socks

By the way, they also have these socks in bright pink! (I'm looking at you, Karlye!)

Have you ever felt awesome at the end of a tough workout? 

Have you seen improvements in your CrossFit performance? 

Pretty Strong Pretty Fast

Happy Friday people! Are you ready for the weekend? It's been awhile since I did a workout in style post! I'm still trying to ramp up my workout wardrobe (and get away from all black), which is why I love this magenta ensemble! Workout Clothes Collage

 1 Patagonia Capilene Mesh Sports Bra / 2 Adidas Pretty Strong Pretty Fast Tank / 3 Gym bag / 4 Women's Nike Shorts / 5 Magenta Nike Frees

Also, pretty much anything with calligraphy or fancy fonts is a winner in my book -- like this "pretty fast, pretty strong" font duo -- adding a little girly touch to a tough mantra!

What's your favorite color for workout clothes? 

What are your weekend plans? 

Fashion Friday: Reebok Nano 4.0s

You might have seen on Instagram that I'm trying out the new Reebok Nano 4.0s. I got a pair in this awesome mint and tiffany blue color. Naturally, when I first saw them, my mind went straight to "What do I have in my workout wardrobe that's this color?"

Cause matching while working out is super important, right? Riiiight! :)

Well, I can tell you there's not enough in my closet... I started browsing online and I found more than one cute mint-colored top! So, I thought I'd ask you, What's Your Workout Style? Polka dots or pineapples?

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Mint Razorback Tank / Reebok Nanos 4.0 / Pineapple Tank / Animal Print Volleyball Shorts

To see other fashion round-ups, go here.

Are you for the pineapple or polka dots top? 

Are you into tiffany blue or mint? 

Fashion Friday: Lululemon & Link Love

Morning and happy Friday! I'm pumped to begin a three-day weekend in just a few hours!! What are your plans? I'm headed to the Patriot Center to watch the CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals this weekend and of course, I'm SO excited! I plan to take my camera and report back with all the details Monday! I'm pumped for one of our very own - Linsey Kokal to be competing! She's going to kill it!! In other news, I've been obsessed with Lululemon lately and this Lulu Addict blog! I don't own any Lululemon gear (it's so dang expensive!) but of course, I want everything!! These Wunder Under crops (in blue below) were the inspiration for today's Fashion Friday post! They're reversible which I think is pretty cool!

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I also want to share some links from around the web! I've been clicking around like crazy, reading so many great articles on everything from weddings to CrossFit technique!

First up, my friend Lauren from Every Last Detail released "What a wedding costs (when you use professionals," (infographic) this week. I think it's an extremely valuable resource for any new bride trying to determine her budget. You should check it out!

I also enjoyed reading 10 Tips for the Female CrossFitter, from The Box Life magazine. One tip is to work on your grip! Apparently men have a grip twice as strong as women, and I have to say, my own grip feels pretty weak! I'm not exactly sure how one goes about strengthening their grip, but I assume more pull-up practice helps.

Did you see this blueberry chia seed jelly recipe? I want to try to make it this weekend!

A few of you asked me about my meal prep last week. I got the instructions from one of my favorite fitness gurus on Instagram, Mankofit. Here's a link to her one-step meal prep!

How Your Day Job Affects Your Fitness (Video) - This is so interesting to me! You might of seen on Instagram that I setup a standing desk in my office. So far I'm loving it! I'll post more about this and other fitness things I try to do (bring to) work... I'm curious, what's something fitness-related you try to do at work? Our resident fit mom, Karlye, did the farmer's carry with water jugs at work this week! Haha. I was lucky enough to see the picture - maybe she'll share it with us all next week!

What fitness things do you try to do at work? 

Do you wear Lululemon? 

Are you going to any regional CrossFit competitions? Have you been following the Games? 

Shop: Nike Tank / Sneaks / Bag (Similar)

Fashion Friday: Death by Barbell

Morning friends! Happy Friday! I am so happy the weekend is upon is! What's everyone got planned for Mother's Day? My mom lives in Winchester (about an hour away) and we're planning to get up early to meet her at church Sunday, and then brunch afterwards! We bought wedding albums for both my mom and Aaron's mom... yep, 3 years later! (As far as they're concerned, it's better late than never!) What did you get your mom? I recently noticed that we haven't had a workout-in-style board in awhile! This one comes with a crazy WOD: Death by Barbell! When I first saw it, I got excited and thought, "that looks awesome!" Then I realized it was FIVE ROUNDS. Holy crap! The prescribed weight for women is also 95 lbs! Eek!

Workout-in-StyleLevelOne Death by Barbell Tank / Nike Dual Women's Lite / Nike ProSport Shorts / Headband

I certainly think a workout like that deserves a little self-splurging, right? And what could be more appropriate than more workout clothes? Of course I don't think it'd be fair to wear this shirt unless you'd done the workout... jus sayin'! But the skull and cross-bones is pretty badass, huh?

In other news, did you catch my friend Brooke's story? It's gone viral and she was on Good Morning America today! I'm really excited that her story was picked up by national news and if you haven't watched the clip, you definitely should! Personally, I've been sharing Brooke's story with my friends and family and having a lot of great discussions about society and the media's portrayal women, beauty, and perfection... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Do you think we need to be open about the realities of extreme weight loss?

Are you dealing with lose skin from weight loss? 

What's the worst workout you've ever done? 

Fashion Friday: My Protein Shake Tank

Hey guys! Happy Friday! And when I say happy, I mean HAPPY! I'm really beginning to appreciate the weekend since changing jobs- I have a much fuller week and it's exhausting! This morning when I heard "It's FRRRRRRRRRRRIDAY!" on the radio, an instant smile came across my face: ah, yes, it's finally Friday! Oh and by the way... last night when I got home, I fully expected Aaron to be at class (that's where he said he was) but he surprised me and was waiting there with flowers and dinner reservations! Awwww! We had a lovely meal at a local Italian restaurant and when we got home, did some small sweet things for each other: I walked the dog (Aaron's usual evening task) and he baked me cookies! :) (It was his first time baking cookies - shocking, I know!) Anyway, it was a nice night!

In other news, this week's posts did not go as planned. I'm working on an article about protein powder I had wanted to share but it still needs editing... In the meantime, I'm hoping this protein shake tank will suffice! :) Also, I wanted to share some good weekend reads and recipes!

And then there's this awesome My Protein Shake Tank from Etsy:

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I hear the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, who is going downtown to check them out? If the weather is as nice this weekend as it is today, I might!

What are your plans for the weekend? 

Fashion Friday: Just Chillin

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Is anyone else already suffering post-CrossFit-Open blues? I saw an update on the CrossFit Facebook page that said "Thursdays just aren't the same," and it's so true! My usual CrossFit Opening viewing party was non-existent last night and I woke up feeling a little sad this morning that I didn't have a CrossFit competition to attend this weekend! Is it just me?? Are you missing it already too?

Well, on the upside, I could use a weekend of just chillin! A weekend in these dugs sounds so nice right about now! It's been a long work week and even though we've been waiting and waiting for spring to finally bloom in DC (I'm still not sure we're there), I feel a bit behind on everything: spring cleaning, April goals, and other stuff! I hope to take some time this weekend to get on the ball!

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One thing I have been on top of is this week's challenge to keep a food diary: I'm on a 5-day streak! Woo hoo! And, I'm actually enjoying using MyFitnessPal again and making a habit out of logging my meals! Is that weird or what?

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.08.22 PMDon't forget you can shop the clothes in this week's roundup below!

Now, tell me: how are you doing with this week's challenge? 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Loving: The Fishtail Braid

I spent a few hours scouring Pinterest this weekend for wedding details I could highlight in my What I'm Loving Wednesday posts, and guys: there's so much! I seriously wish I could turn back time and re-plan our wedding -- not because our wedding wasn't wonderful (it was!) but just for the fun of it. I truly have a heart for weddings and all the little girly details that come along them! This week, I'm especially loving the fishtail braid. I think I have a slight obsession with anything bohemian and this style definitely exudes that!! 0642cefca07c0565e537a3bf5a4ab47c

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Not sure how to do a fishtail braid? Check out this tutorial from Wedding Chicks!

I'm curious, how do you plan to wear your hair for your wedding day?

Do you like any bohemian wedding details? 

Sources: A Beautiful Mess / Nicole Photography via Ruffled Blog / Journal Heart Blog / Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography via Bridal Musing / Lad & Lass via Ruffled Blog

Fashion Friday & The Open Announcement 14.4

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I can't tell you how happy I am this week is over - I finally threw in the towel this morning and I'm home sick from work. I wish I could enjoy this day and the warmer temperatures coming to DC, but blah! I'm still sick! Anyway, did you see the Open Announcement for 14.4? It looks AWESOME! Aaron and I have been watching the Open Announcement each week and we got pumped last night watching Josh Bridges - he's a beast! (And when I saw we got pumped, I mean as pumped as you can get between tea, tissues, and lots of NyQuil.) I was also really excited to hear that the Open Announcement for next week features Rich Fronning and Samatha Briggs! It's going to be so fun to watch!

The bad news is that we have to go out of town this weekend so I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do the Open at my box like usual. (Insert sad face!) I don't think I can handle doing it today being sick, but I have to find some time at some point!

I love that 14.4 involves cleans - they're my favorite! I'm not so thrilled about the toes-to-bar, which I find extremely difficult! There's also no way I can do a muscle-up, but the first half of the workout so be fun anyway!

I also love that I have an excuse to buy more workout clothes! I've been really committed to that lately and last week, had a fun time at Old Navy trying a few things on:

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Lately I'm loving anything neon! I think it's because I'm so desperate for spring and summer!

 

So, I'm curious, are you watching the Open Announcements?

Last year I wasn't doing CrossFit at this time and didn't watch the Open. I only caught the tail-end of the games, but I have to say, watching these various athletes perform has been really inspiring! It's been helpful too - I think watching this open announcement really helped me with my snatch form!

How about you? Do you watch CrossFit videos for helpful tips?